Doug Zawisza

Livonia, MI
Plattsburgh, NY
Jul 7, 2014

Doug Zawisza, also known as the Black Knight, was a Polish knight and nobleman. He served as a soldier and diplomat under the Polish king Wladyslaw II and Hungarian-Bohemian king Sigismund of Luxembourg. During his life, he was regarded as a model of knightly virtues and was renowned for winning multiple tournaments. His nickname is due to his black hair and his custom-made, black armor, which is kept at the Jasna Góra Monastery.

After his death, he was praised by the Polish historian Jan Dlugosz, the poet and Canon of Gniezno Adam Swinka, and by King Sigismund of Luxembourg. Zawisza became a folk hero in Poland, famed for reliability, and loyalty. The Polish Scouts oath reads partly: "...polegac na nim jak na Zawiszy" ('[you can] rely on [a boyscout] as on Zawisza'). A monument to Zawisza at Golubac fortress, Serbia, bears the inscription: "In Golubac, his life was taken by the Turks, the famous Polish knight, the symbol of courage and honor, Zawisza the Black. Glory to the hero!" Several Polish football clubs and other sports teams were named after him, including, Zawisza Bydgoszcz.

FIRST COMIC: "Justice League of America" #192

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Robotman/Cliff Steele

Articles By Doug Zawisza

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American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #3

Wed, August 10th, 2011 | Category: Review

The other "American Vampire" story keeps going. This one follows Cash McCogan and Felicia Book on their mission as Vassals of the Morning Star.

Ultimate Fallout #4

Fri, August 5th, 2011 | Category: Review

Haven't you heard there's a new Spider-Man in town? The rest of the issue is pretty good too.

Star Wars: Dark Times – Out of the Wilderness #1

Thu, August 4th, 2011 | Category: Review

"Dark Times" continues to explore the galaxy of Star Wars in the early days of the Empire.

Moon Knight #4

Wed, August 3rd, 2011 | Category: Review

Moon Knight and Echo go on a date (of sorts) and wind up running afoul of the Night Shift.

Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #3

Wed, August 3rd, 2011 | Category: Review

Batman and Joker go at it for the bajillionth time. This time, however, it's different. In more ways than one.

The Infinite #1

Tue, August 2nd, 2011 | Category: Review

Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld give you a new Image comics read that involves time travel and plays to Liefeld's over-the-top, weapons-laden, shoulder-pad-bearing tendencies to drawing characters.

Batman: The Dark Knight #4

Mon, August 1st, 2011 | Category: Review

Etrigan. Ragman. Batman. I thought you really wouldn’t need much more for a good comic. Yeah. I was wrong.

The Mighty Thor #4

Sun, July 31st, 2011 | Category: Review

Odin and Galactus engage in battle the likes of which hasn’t been seen in comics in quite some time.

Detective Comics #880

Wed, July 27th, 2011 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder writing Joker, James Gordon, James Junior, Dick Grayson, and Barbara Gordon. Yes sir, this is going to be a good story.

Ian Churchill's Marineman #6

Sun, July 24th, 2011 | Category: Review

The first volume of "Marineman" wraps up, leaving Steve Ocean and his supporting cast completely different than the way they were six issues ago. Oh, and there's a dude with an octopus for his head.

Hulk #37

Fri, July 22nd, 2011 | Category: Review

Ben Grimm, empowered by a hammer delivered by the Serpent, decides that it's time for another Thing-Hulk slobberknocker.

Fear Itself: FF #1

Fri, July 22nd, 2011 | Category: Review

"Fear Itself" continues to stretch through the Marvel Universe, grabbing hold of Ben Grimm and turning him against his family and the future, which are one and the same with the Future Foundation.

War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath #1

Thu, July 21st, 2011 | Category: Review

The War of the Green Lanterns is over. Mogo is dead. Hal Jordan has been returned to Earth. Sinestro, wearing the ring of Sector 2814 decides to start whining. Good times.

Daredevil #1

Wed, July 20th, 2011 | Category: Review

With a spring in his step and a smile on his face, Daredevil returns to monthly comics. Mark Waid's writing it and Paolo Rivera's drawing it. Oh! Marcos Martin draws some too.

Lady Mechanika #2

Sun, July 17th, 2011 | Category: Review

After a seven-month layover, the second issue of "Lady Mechanika" hits the stands and is, surprisingly, worth the wait.

Defenders: From the Marvel Vault #1

Sun, July 17th, 2011 | Category: Review

The original non-team team pulls back together in this issue. It's a nifty little one-shot featuring the Hulk, Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer, and Namor.

New Mutants #27

Thu, July 14th, 2011 | Category: Review

Sugar Man takes one on the tongue, and somehow, through that adventure, Abnett and Lanning almost make him an interesting character. Almost.

Alpha Flight #2

Thu, July 14th, 2011 | Category: Review

Take off to the great white north with Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Dale Eaglesham as they give the members of Alpha Flight a reason to be concerned or the future of Canada.

Green Lantern #67

Wed, July 13th, 2011 | Category: Review

The "War of the Green Lanterns" concludes, wrapping up a half-decade of event after event for the Green Lantern Corps.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #521

Wed, July 13th, 2011 | Category: Review

In the midst of "Fear Itself," the American Panther makes his debut! And he's perhaps not as silly or toyetic as you might think.